Leslie Jordan

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Leslie Jordan
BornLeslie Allen Jordan
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 59)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Years active1986–present
Emmy Awards
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2006 Will and Grace
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Leslie Jordan
BornLeslie Allen Jordan
(1955-04-29) April 29, 1955 (age 59)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Years active1986–present
Emmy Awards
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2006 Will and Grace

Leslie Allen Jordan (born April 29, 1955) is an American actor and playwright from Chattanooga, Tennessee.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Leslie was born in Memphis, Tennessee and later moved to Chattanooga,Tennessee.[3] In an interview with G Philly, Leslie Jordan discussed his early life in Chattanooga, saying that he had a hard time growing up in a southern church and that he was baptized 17 times. Whenever the preacher would ask if anyone had sinned, Leslie would always think of something and come forward even when his mother thought he was overreacting about the situation.[4]

During an appearance on Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, Jordan discussed his personal life and career. He described his mother, Peggy Ann, as being supportive and accepting though never truly understanding him. When asked about his mother he said that she was a very private woman and that she still lives in Chattanooga.

Jordan's father was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and he died in a plane crash when Jordan was eleven.[3]

Jordan left Tennessee and arrived in Los Angeles in 1982. During this time he became involved with drugs and alcohol and was arrested many times. When Jordan was seventeen years old, he started to write in journals every day. He said that writing in his journals helped him with recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.[5] He now shares his past experiences of what it was like to live that kind of lifestyle with large audiences.

Jordan became involved in volunteer work. "Early on in the AIDS crisis, Jordan became involved in AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) as a buddy and as a food delivery guy for Project Angel Food."[6]


Jordan is best known for his role of Karen's pretentious, sexually ambiguous rival Beverley Leslie on the series Will & Grace. For that role he received an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series at the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in 2006. Because Jordan won the award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, he was invited to present the awards for outstanding comedy writing and outstanding comedy directing at the 2006 Emmy Awards with Cloris Leachman a week later.[7]

Jordan has made numerous appearances in both film and television. He appeared as a newspaper editor named Mr. Blackly in the popular movie, The Help.[8] He is best known for his television work - including guest appearances on Will & Grace, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Star Trek: Voyager, Caroline in the City, Reba, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Nash Bridges and his secondary role on Hearts Afire. He guest-starred on the comedy-drama Ugly Betty as celebrity-trasher Quincy Combs. In 2007, Jordan starred as Jesse Joe in the short-lived CW television program, Hidden Palms. He also portrayed the ski patrol director in Ski Patrol.

Jordan is an accomplished stage actor and playwright. In one of his best-known performances onstage, he played "Brother Boy" in Sordid Lives, a role he took to the big screen in the popular cult film of the same name. Jordan reprised the role in the Sordid Lives: The Series, a televised spin-off of the movie airing on Logo where he plays a character that is in a mental hospital.[9] He wrote and starred in the autobiographical play Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel, which was also made into a motion picture. He recently toured the country performing his one-man stage comedy, Like a Dog on Linoleum, to generally favorable reviews.[10][11]

Jordan has recently starred in the pilot episode of Laugh Out, the world's first interactive, gay-themed comedy show.[12]

Jordan's first one-person show was called, Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far.[6]

Jordan distilled his experiences growing up as an effeminate tiny boy in the Southern United States and in show business into an autobiographical one-man show, My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. During the opening of My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, Jordan's microphone stopped working but he kept on with the show like nothing happened and his show was a success.[6] After touring the nation for several months with the production, the show opened off-Broadway at the Midtown Theater on April 19, 2010. The show is produced by Jordan's friend Lily Tomlin. Jordan announced on The Paul O'Grady Show that he will be bringing his show to London's Apollo Theatre.

On Monday August 18, 2014, Jordan became a housemate in the celebrity edition of the British reality game show, Big Brother. He was the second person to leave the Big Brother house on Friday, August 29, 2014.





TV series1986Fall Guy, TheThe Fall GuyMalone
TV series1986Wizard, TheThe WizardJimmy
TV series1987CBS Summer PlayhouseWorm
Film1988Frankenstein General HospitalIggy
Film1988MovingCustomer at Bar
TV series1988Night CourtIrwin
TV series1989Midnight CallerLittle Bob Johnson
TV series1989Murphy BrownKyle
TV series1989NewhartL. Gardner
TV series1989People Next Door, TheThe People Next DoorTruman Fipps10 episodes
TV film1989Road Raiders, TheThe Road RaidersWhipuncredited
TV series1990American DreamerShort
TV series1990BabesClem
TV series1990Pee-wee's PlayhouseBusby
Film1990Ski PatrolMurray
TV series1990Sugar and SpiceMonsieur Jacques
TV series1991Top of the HeapEmmet Lefebvre06 episodes
TV series1992Bodies of EvidenceLemar Samuels16 episodes total
Film1992HeroCourt Official
Film1992Missing PiecesKrause
TV series1992Perfect StrangersRob Bob Phillips
TV series1992Reasonable DoubtsAsst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore
Marvin Sizemore
16 episodes total
TV series1993Bodies of EvidenceLemar Samuels16 episodes total
TV series1993Getting ByMr. Bergner
Film1993Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayShelby
TV series1993Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanAlan Morris / The Invisible Man
TV series1993NursesMr. Cooley Waits
TV series1993Reasonable DoubtsAsst. Public Defender Clifford Sizemore16 episodes total
TV series1994Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanWilliam Wallace Webster Waldecker / Resplendant Man
TV series1993Hearts AfireLonnie Garr28 episodes total
TV series1994Hearts AfireLonnie Garr28 episodes total
Film1995Black Velvet PantsuitErnie
TV series1995Charlie GraceDarnell Sims
TV series1995CourthouseMr. Barnes
TV series1995Hearts AfireLonnie Garr28 episodes total
Film1996Shoot the Moon
TV series1996CoachBlatt
TV series1996Star Trek: VoyagerKol
TV series1996Mr. & Mrs. SmithEarl Borden
TV series1997Arli$$Skip Lloyd
TV series1997Pretender, TheThe PretenderPat
Short film1997Two Weeks from Sunday25 minutes
TV series1997Weird ScienceBoyd Butayne
TV series1997WingsTeddy Kolb
TV series1998Buddy FaroFrankie Delgado
TV series1998Caroline in the CityDr. Leslie
TV series1998Dharma & GregKenny
TV series1998EllenTop Studio Executive
Film1998Goodbye LoverHomer
Short film1998Hamburger HelperLarry Lewis22 minutes
TV series1998Maximum BobCletus Huntley
TV series1998Pacific BlueBo Nyby
TV series1999Martial LawHoratio Hawkins
Film1999Eat Your Heart OutDirector
TV series2000Any Day Now
TV series2000FreakyLinksHotel Clerk
Film2000John John in the SkyTot Dixona.k.a. I'll Wave Back
Film2000Lost in the Pershing Point HotelStorytellerwriter (play; screenplay)
TV series2000Nash BridgesWalter Marley
TV series2000Sabrina, the Teenage WitchChuck
TV series2000Son of the BeachJordan02 episodes total
Film2000Sordid LivesEarl "Brother Boy" Ingram
TV series2000Strip, TheThe StripGaston
TV series2001Ally McBealDr. Benjamin Harris
TV series2001Boston PublicDr. Benjamin Harris05 episodes total
Film2001Gristle, TheThe GristleJake Bennett
TV series2001Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
TV series2002Boston PublicDr. Benjamin Harris05 episodes total
TV series2002Son of the BeachJordan02 episodes total
TV series2002Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
Short film2003Farm SlutsCoroner17 minutes
TV series2003Judging AmyReginald Hoyt
Film2003Moving AlanArthur
TV series2003RebaTerry03 episodes total
Terry is the jeweler from the rings.
TV film2003Tracey Ullman in the Trailer TalesRog Monroe
TV series2003Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
TV series2004George LopezDoctor
Animated film2004Home on the RangeAdditional Voicevoice actor
Film2004MadhouseDr. Morton
TV series2004MonkTown Official
TV series2004RebaTerry03 episodes total
TV series2004Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
Animated TV series2005American Dad!Mr. Beauregardvoice actor; 2 episodes total
TV series2005Boston LegalBernard Ferrion06 episodes
TV film2005Chasing ChristmasPastPast
Short film2005Sissy FrenchfryPrincipal Principle28 minutes
TV series2005Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
Animated TV series2006American Dad!Mr. Beauregardvoice actor; 2 episodes total
TV series2006Will & GraceBeverley Leslie11 episodes total
Short film2007Watch & LearnMartin12 minutes
Film2007Undead or Alive: A ZombedyPadre
TV series2007Ugly BettyQuincy Combs
TV series2007Hidden PalmsJesse Jo05 episodes
TV series200812 Miles of Bad RoadKenny Kingman06 episodes
TV series2008PrivilegedDale Dart
TV series2008Sordid Lives: The SeriesEarl "Brother Boy" Ingram10 episodes
TV series2008Under the Pink CarpetHimself02 episodes total
TV film2009Alligator Point
Film2009Eating Out 3: All You Can EatHarry
Animated TV series2009Glenn Martin, DDSvoice actor
Film2010Demonic Toys: Personal DemonsProf. Butterfield
Film2010Love RanchMr. Hainsworth
Film2010Leslie Jordon: My Trip Down The Pink CarpetHimselfStand Up
TV series2011Desperate HousewivesFelix Bergman
Film2011Help, TheThe HelpMr. Blackly
Film2011Mangus!Bruce Jackson
Film2009Rockabilly Babywriter (play)
TV series2011Shake It UpTheodore Van Glorious
TV series2011Under the Pink CarpetHimself02 episodes total
TV series2012DTLATheatre Director
TV series2012Game, TheThe Game
Documentary2012Hollywood to DollywoodHimself
TV series2012Raising HopeReverend Bob
TV series2012Secret Life of the American Teenager, TheThe Secret Life of the American Teenager
Short film2012Yahoo! News/Funny or Die GOP Presidential Online Internet Cyber DebateRon Paul
TV series2013American Horror Story: CovenQuentin Fleming3 episodes total
TV series2013Baby DaddyEdwin the Mall ElfEpisode: "Emma's First Christmas"
Film2013Southern Baptist SissiesPeanut
TV series2013SupernaturalYorkie
voice actor; 2 episodes
Film2014Lucky DogMr. Kaufman
TV series2014PartnersMarion PhillipsEpisode: "Jurist Prudence"
TV series2014Celebrity Big Brother UKHimselfSeries 14, 12 episodes
TV series2015BenidormBuck A. RooSeries 7, Episode 1 & 2


  1. ^ Leslie Jordon Biography Page
  2. ^ Leslie Jordon IMDb Page
  3. ^ a b "Leslie Jordan Biography". 
  4. ^ Middleton, Josh (March 12, 2014). "GIRL TALK: Gossiping With Southern Baptist Sissies Star Leslie Jordan". G Philly. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Funnyman Leslie Jordan reflects on The Help, Will & Grace, Ski Patrol and one-man comedy shows". 
  6. ^ a b c Freeman, Chris (2009). "Leslie Jordan: from small screen to big stage". 
  7. ^ Jordan, Leslie (2008). My Trip Down the Pink Carpet. Simon and Schuster. 
  8. ^ "Emmy-Winner Leslie Jordan Headlines Tuesday Night Live May 15". 
  9. ^ Tim Parks (17 Aug 2006). "The ‘Sordid Lives’ of ‘Southern Baptist Sissies". The Gay and Lesbian Times. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  10. ^ David C. Nichols (October 15, 2004). "'Dog on Linoleum' finds firm footing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Helbig, Jack (August 11, 2005). "Like a Dog on Linoleum". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  12. ^ Atlanta Entertainment Company to Produce Innovative, Interactive Gay-Themed Comedy Show
  13. ^ Drake, Sylvie (July 1, 1986). "Stage Review : 'Found A Peanut' As Child's Play". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 

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